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Natural Sciences Seminar: Protecting endangered wildlife — Lessons learned from studying fire ants
November 25, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Josh King, associate professor of biology at the University of Central Florida, will speak.
Invasive ants are a serious threat to ground nesting vertebrate wildlife like birds and sea turtles in a variety of sensitive habitats around the world. To date, the only control options available have been insecticides, such as broadcast baits, to reduce the impacts on invasive ant predation on nestlings. This talk will outline how intensive study of fire any ecology has informed the development of new technology that uses an entirely nontoxic method (the application of hot water) to provide highly effective control on invasive ants under a wide variety of real world scenarios. The general process of brining basic research into applied conservation scenarios as well as through the commercialization process will also be discussed.
At noon on Monday, come to the Heiser east lobby for pizza and conversation with Josh King.